Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Controversy Over Bethesda's 'Game Engine' Is Misguided

Methinks this is much ado about nothing.

This morning, news headlines and YouTube videos across the internet declared that Bethesda will not change engines for the upcoming games Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI, setting off a wave of outrage that’s become oh-so-common in the world of video games. This story, however, is misleading, based mostly on speculation and widespread lack understanding of what a “game engine” actually is.

Amazon’s HQ2 Stunt Could Come Back To Haunt It

Honestly, aside from that stupid Fire Phone, when is the lat time ANYTHING "came back to haunt" Amazon?

I rarely write about Amazon here, but I’m making an exception today, if only because its big office move represents such a high-profile collision of big tech and our democracy. It also triggered a significant backlash that ricocheted around social media and has gotten the attention of elected officials — and I wonder if Amazon, as the least socially savvy of the big tech companies, is prepared for what’s next.

Microsoft and Nielsen Accelerate Retail Innovation Through Data and AI

Nielsen and Microsoft today released details around a newly developed enterprise data solution that democratizes one of the largest consumer data sets in the world.  This strategic alliance has been brought to life through Nielsen Connect, powered by Microsoft Azure, the trusted and global-scale intelligent cloud platform.

Spain Wants To Ban All Gas-Powered Cars By 2040

Good luck Spain! Could you imagine trying to ban gas-powered vehicles in the US?

Our proposal is to reduce Spain’s current greenhouse gas emissions by a third in just a decade, which we consider an international milestone and a sign of our firm commitment to the fight against climate change.

New AMD-Powered Supercomputers Unleash Discovery and Accelerate Innovation

At SC18, AMD is showcasing the impact of AMD EPYC™ Processors and AMD Radeon Instinct™ GPU accelerators in the supercomputing industry with new customers and new products.

“It’s been a fantastic year in the supercomputing space as we further expanded the ecosystem for AMD EPYC™ processors, while securing multiple wins that leverage the benefits AMD EPYC processors have on HPC workloads,” said Mark Papermaster, senior vice president and chief technology officer, AMD. “As the HPC industry approaches exascale systems, we’re at the beginning of a new era of heterogenous compute that requires a combination of CPU, GPU and software that only AMD can deliver. We’re excited to have fantastic customers leading the charge with our Radeon Instinct™ accelerators, AMD EPYC processors and the ROCm open software platform.

NVIDIA Xavier Achieves Another Milestone for Safe Self-Driving

The end product isn’t what makes a new technology safe. It’s everything that goes into a product — from design to development to manufacturing. That’s why global safety experts at German agency TÜV SÜD have assessed the development process for the NVIDIA Xavier system-on-a-chip (SoC), the world’s first processor for autonomous driving, and approved it as suitable for building a safe product.

With the completion of this step, Xavier is one approval step away from being the most complicated SoC to demonstrate compliance with international safety standards. NVIDIA approached the assessment of Xavier as a three-step process. In April, TÜV SÜD deemed the processor’s safety architecture suitable for use in safety applications. With today’s announcement, the assessment of the development process applied to Xavier has been completed. The final step, assessment of the Xavier implementation, will start soon.

Two Days of Weather Predicted in Just 20 Minutes

For a peek at what the future of supercomputer-powered weather prediction could look like, head into the sprawling Dallas convention center where the SC18 supercomputing show has come to life. A rich map of a million square kilometers of Switzerland and its neighbors — demarcated with high- and low-pressure areas and varying winds — shimmers on a large 4K screen. The map is the product of a GPU-accelerated COSMO weather prediction model. It offers resolution down to one square kilometer as well as 80 altitude layers — from the ground to as high as 20 kilometers.

NVIDIA Announces The Quadro RTX 4000

NVIDIA today introduced the Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card — the company’s first midrange professional GPU powered by the NVIDIA Turing architecture and the NVIDIA RTX platform. Unveiled at the annual Autodesk University Conference in Las Vegas, the Quadro RTX 4000 puts real-time ray tracing within reach of a wider range of developers, designers and artists worldwide.

Professionals from the manufacturing, architecture, engineering and media creation industries witnessed a seismic shift in computer graphics with the launch of Turing in August. The field’s greatest leap since the invention of the CUDA GPU in 2006, Turing features new RT Cores to accelerate ray tracing and next-gen Tensor Cores for AI inferencing which, together for the first time, make real-time ray tracing possible.

AMD's New Radeon Pro Software Promises Better Performance

According to this post at Tom's Hardware, AMD's New Radeon Pro Software is not only full of bug fixes, but it also promises better performance as well.

There is also a promise of improved performance with the latest Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q4 driver. It reportedly performs up to 13 percent faster in PTC Creo, 67 percent in Autodesk Maya, and 89 percent in SPECviewperf 13 Medical-02 as compared to last year's Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 17.Q4 driver.

New Intel RealSense D435i Stereo Depth Camera Adds 6 Degrees of Freedom Tracking

Intel today introduced a new addition to the Intel® RealSense™ D400 series: the Intel RealSense Depth Camera D435i. This latest Intel RealSense camera includes a new inertial measurement unit (IMU) that enables developers to create solutions with more advanced depth-sensing and tracking capabilities for applications including drones, robotics and gaming.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Asus ROG Strix Z390-I Gaming

The crew at LanOC have taken the Asus ROG Strix Z390-I Gaming out for a spin today. Aside from a few minor complaints, it looks like they really liked the board.

I’m curious what is different from the Z370 or the Z270 for the matter and to dive into Asus’s feature set and see if the Strix Z390-I Gaming covers all of the bases for a high-end gaming PC that will take up less space on your desk and be easy to pack up and take to events to play with your friends. Let's run through the boards features, look at its software, check out the performance, then see how it fits in the market overall.  

More Intel Core i9-9980XE CPU Reviews

More reviews of the Intel Core i9-9980XE have popped up on the internet today. This time around it is the folks at TweakTown and HotHardware doing the reviewing.

Unlike the 9th Gen Core i products, however, which leverage an updated Coffee Lake microarchitecture, the “new” Core X series remains based on Skylake-X. We’ve had the flagship Core i9-9980XE in hand for a little while now and will lay out its performance, power, and overclocking capacity on the pages ahead.

AeroCool Quartz Pro Full Tower Review

If you are in the market for a new full-tower case, you might want to check out NikKTech's review of the AeroCool Quartz Pro.

Intel Core i9-9980XE CPU Review

Tom's Hardware has the Intel Core i9-9980XE on the test bench today. Make sure you take a moment today to read the full review. Here's a quote to get you started:

The competition between AMD and Intel isn't just about core counts or benchmark performance, though. Threadripper CPUs are still cheaper per core, and Intel refuses to budge on its lofty prices. As a result, Core i9-9980XE remains difficult to recommend in the face of AMD's newest Threadripper CPUs.

Thermaltake View 37 Riing Review

There is a video review of the Thermaltake View 37 Riing posted today at Play3r.

The build quality is excellent with a solid metal case, plastic front panel with a tinted plastic window and let’s not forget the unique gull-wing curved acrylic window which covers the whole side panel and almost the roof as well. Well priced at the time of the review at £100-115.

LG Cloud Monitor Roadshow 2018 Coverage

Our friends at OCInside have posted coverage of the LG Cloud Monitor Roadshow 2018. Head on over and check it out!

Today OCinside visited Berlin, more precisely the LG Cloud Monitor Roadshow, which was arranged on the company ground of Caseking. Enjoy the small picture gallery.

AMD On Zen 2 29% IPC Performance Increase Article

It seems that story about AMD claiming Zen 2 having 29% higher IPC than Zen 1 was taken out of context. There is a reason stuff like this is buried in the footnotes.

As we demonstrated at our Next Horizon event last week, our next-generation AMD EPYC server processor based on the new “Zen 2” core delivers significant performance improvements as a result of both architectural advances and 7nm process technology. Some news media interpreted a “Zen 2” comment in the press release footnotes to be a specific IPC uplift claim. The data in the footnote represented the performance improvement in a microbenchmark for a specific financial services workload which benefits from both integer and floating point performance improvements and is not intended to quantify the IPC increase a user should expect to see across a wide range of applications. We will provide additional details on “Zen 2” IPC improvements, and more importantly how the combination of our next-generation architecture and advanced 7nm process technology deliver more performance per socket, when the products launch.

Activision In MORE Trouble!

It looks like Activision's stock is taking a beating again.

CORSAIR Announces Support for Xbox One with Gaming Keyboards and Mice

CORSAIR, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced compatibility with the Microsoft® Xbox One for CORSAIR wired and wireless keyboards and mice, following Microsoft’s recent announcement of expanded peripheral support for the console. Now, players can take advantage of CORSAIR’s award-winning gaming peripherals to play keyboard and mouse-enabled games on a whole new platform—Xbox One.

Customizing Ballistix Memory With 3D Printing or CNC

This is definitely one of the coolest things about Crucial memory. Check it out!

Well, this was up my alley specifically because I love customizing my builds and I have a room full of 3D printers as well as a Carvey CNC. So rather than a normal ram review, today I’m going to check out the new Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB memory and then play around with the customization.

AMD Holiday Gift Guide

Today, AMD kicked off its 2018 holiday campaign “Just Add Wrapping” to help consumers find perfect gifts this holiday season. With a variety of product offerings from AMD Ryzen desktop processors and AMD Radeon graphics cards, to AMD-powered notebook and desktop OEM systems, the AMD Holiday Buying Guide provides recommendations tailored for all PC users: from everyday PC users to gamers, streamers, DIY enthusiasts, and creators.

The 2018 AMD Holiday Buying Guide offers insight into award-winning AMD technologies with the unparalleled performance of AMD Ryzen processors and AMD Radeon graphics cards powering world-class desktops, portable and sleek 2-in-1s, and high-performance laptops from Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and more. For more information on the latest AMD-powered products now available, visit 

High Performance Computing Demand Continues to Surge

NVIDIA’s playing a bigger role in high performance computing than ever, just as supercomputing itself has become central to meeting the biggest challenges of our time. Speaking just hours ahead of the start of the annual SC18 supercomputing conference in Dallas, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang told 700 researchers, lab directors and execs about forces that are driving the company to push both into “scale up” computing — focused on large supercomputing systems — as well as “scale out” efforts, for researchers, data scientists and developers to harness the power of however many GPUs they need.

NVIDIA Announces Record Adoption of New Turing T4 Cloud GPU

NVIDIA today announced that the new NVIDIA® T4 GPU has received the fastest adoption of any server GPU. Two months after its introduction, the T4 is featured in 57 separate server designs from the world’s leading computer makers. It is also now available in the cloud, with the first availability of the T4 for Google Cloud Platform customers.

NVIDIA-Accelerated Supercomputers Hit New Highs on TOP500 List

NVIDIA’s position as the most dynamic force in global supercomputing was confirmed today in the just-issued TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. The closely watched list, released at the start of the SC18 annual high performance computing conference, shows a 48 percent jump in one year in the number of systems using NVIDIA GPU accelerators. The total climbed to 127 from 86 a year ago, and is three times greater than five years ago.

Intel Accelerates Timing for Intel XMM 8160 5G Multimode Modem

Intel today announced the Intel® XMM™ 8160 5G modem, a multimode modem optimized to provide 5G connectivity to devices like phones, PCs and broadband access gateways. Intel has accelerated the timing of this modem by pulling in the launch by more than a half-year. The XMM 8160 5G will support peak speeds up to 6 gigabits per second, making it three to six times faster than the latest LTE modems available today. It will be available in the second half of 2019 and will deliver the features and experiences to accelerate widespread 5G adoption.

Intel Innovations Define the Future of Supercomputing

This week at Supercomputing 2018, Intel displays how its industry-leading technologies in the areas of computing, memory and interconnects are defining the future of supercomputing. Intel previewed its next-generation Cascade Lake advanced performance processor, optimized to support the most demanding data workloads, and highlighted the use of Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory in next-generation supercomputers.

Monday, November 12, 2018

RIP Stan Lee Dec 28, 1922 - Nov 12, 2018

Stan Lee, may you rest in peace. 😢

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Deepcool Gamer Storm New Ark 90 Review

Make sure you guys take a moment today to read my review of the Deepcool Gamer Storm New Ark 90 posted today at Tom's Hardware.
Elegant. That's the first thing that comes to mind upon seeing Deepcool's New Ark 90 case. The next thing is probably 'fingerprint magnet,' but that's expected from any chassis with multiple tempered glass panels. The most unique aspect of this case chassis is its built-in 280mm all-in-one cooler. The downside is integrated cooling significantly increases the cost of an already expensive case and severely limits your cooling options when it's time to upgrade. 

Veterans Day

In observance of Veterans Day, the one day each year that our country pays tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces, today is a federal holiday. We ask that all of you take a moment out of your day and give thanks to our men and women in uniform for providing and defending the freedoms we hold so dear. There are 364 other days in the year that we can be thankful for other things, today let’s just be thankful for the people who made those freedoms possible. Thanks to the men and women of our armed forces (past and present) from everyone here at Hypothermia. My daughter, with three tours under her belt, is just one of millions of veterans out there that have paved the way for the freedoms we enjoy every day.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Seagate And IBM Work Together To Help Reduce Global Hard Drive Counterfeiting

Seagate, a world leader in data storage solutions, and IBM today announced they are working together to reduce product counterfeiting using blockchain and security technologies. The project, which is designed to help manufacturers, integrators, and business partners fight counterfeit hard drives, uses the IBM Blockchain Platform to authenticate the provenance of disk drive products, bringing a new level of multi-layered security protection to the data management industry.

According to the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, global trade in counterfeit and pirated electronic products has reached more than $1.7 trillion in value. To verify product authenticity, Seagate will update the IBM Blockchain Platform on the IBM Cloud with product authentication data based on the Seagate Secure Electronic ID (eID) at the point of manufacture. Each unique identifier (serving as an electronic fingerprint) can be used to verify the identity of a hard drive at any time during its product life cycle. Seagate’s Certified Erase employs cryptographic erasure technology to produce a digital certificate of data purge, which is electronically signed by the device under the Seagate Secure public key infrastructure (PKI) and stored on the blockchain for compliance management with emerging global data privacy laws.

2nd Generation AMD Ryzen™ Processors Win Prestigious Industry Awards

Today, AMD announced that the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) named AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX the CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Computer Hardware and Components category. AMD also won two prestigious Trusted Reviews Awards 2018 in the categories of “CPU of the Year” for AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and “Value CPU of the Year” for AMD Ryzen 5 2600.

All three of the honored 2nd Gen Ryzen processors are built using powerful 12nm “Zen+” x86 processor architecture. With 32 cores and 64 threads, the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX powers the ultimate computing experiences for creators and enthusiasts’ most intense workloads, while the Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600 empower gamers and enthusiasts with incredible multiprocessing performance and enhanced capabilities.

First NVIDIA DGX-2 Supercomputers in U.S. Arrive at National Labs

The first NVIDIA DGX-2 AI supercomputers in the U.S. have arrived at the nation’s leading research labs for work driving important scientific discoveries. DGX-2 systems provide more than two petaflops of deep learning computing power from 16 NVIDIA Tesla V100 Tensor Core GPUs interconnected with NVSwitch technology.

They will go to Brookhaven National Laboratory, in Upton, New York; Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Pacific Northwest Laboratory, in Richland, Washington; and Sandia National Laboratories, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The labs are engaged in work ranging from fusion research and climate simulation to human genomics.

Magic AI Trots Out Horse Intelligence

Magic AI is galloping into the internet of horses arena. The Seattle-based startup, an angel-funded team of five, has been developing AI for stable managers and riders to monitor the health and security of horses from video feeds. Image recognition has been a boon to agriculture businesses, including those in the cattle industry. Magic AI corrals algorithms for its AI-powered software to monitor video and help better manage horses, streaming the video to its servers for processing. Magic AI founder and CEO Alexa Anthony knows the needs of horse owners. The daughter of a horse trainer, she grew up riding in the Seattle area and is a former NCAA national champion in horse jumping.

Gap Accelerates Digital Transformation With Microsoft Cloud

Gap Inc. announced it has established a strategic partnership with Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) to drive its digital transformation strategies and continue to create new customer experiences across all brands, including Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta, Hill City and Intermix. With Microsoft as its primary cloud provider, Gap Inc. is focused on technology innovation, speed and flexibility, using Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365 to deploy new business capabilities and work more efficiently across the organization.

Intel Drafts Model Legislation to Spur Data Privacy Discussion

Intel Corporation released model legislation designed to inform policymakers and spur discussion on personal data privacy. Prompted by the rapid rise of new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), Intel’s model bill is open for review and comment from privacy experts and the public on an interactive website. The bill’s language and comments received should provide useful insight for those interested in meaningful data privacy legislation.

Friday, November 9, 2018

No Internet Today!

I will be out of the office most of the day, depending on how long it takes my ISP to troubleshoot my internet connection. If you need something to do, go enter our Lemons Into Lemonade Giveaway! It's free and easy, no liking, no subscribing, just follow the directions and you are all set. As always, you can enter once a day!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

MSI Awarded 12 CES Innovation Honoree Awards

MSI, a world leader in gaming hardware, announced today that it has been named a CES® 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree for 12 innovative gaming products. The announcement was made during CES Unveiled New York, an invite-only tech event bringing together top media, exhibitors and industry leaders for a sneak peek of the products and trends expected at CES 2019, which will run January 8-11, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV. An annual program that celebrates outstanding design, the CES Innovation Awards recognizes honorees across 28 product categories. A panel of judges, including designers, engineers and members of the tech media, reviews submissions based on design, functionality, consumer appeal, engineering and how the products compare with competition.

Tiny Robots Swim Through Eyes To Deliver Medicine

Whoa! This is pretty damn trippy. Sure, they haven't used it in human eyes yet, but you know it is just a matter of time.

Microsoft Broke Windows 10 Again

Damn, not again.

While it's not as severe as having your documents wiped out of existence, it can still be classified as very irritating for users. That's because the bug in question breaks file associations, preventing certain file types from opening with the default programs you choose. 

Take-Two Financials

Blue's News posted Take-Two's fiscal second quarter 2019 results today. Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online seem like the gifts that keep on giving.

“Take-Two delivered better-than-expected operating results, including growth in Net Bookings, during the fiscal second quarter,” said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two. “This outperformance was driven primarily by Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online, as well as the successful launch of NBA 2K19.”

Walmart Selling OVERPOWERED Gaming Desktops

I don't know if you or I would consider these systems "overpowered" but, given the fact that this what Walmart has named its line of desktop PCs, were kinda stuck calling them that. Well played Walmart. Well played. :D

NZXT HUE 2 RGB Lighting Kit Review

Vortez has just published a review of NZXT's HUE 2 RGB lighting kit today.

The HUE 2 RGB Lighting Kit offers the ultimate way to customize your case, over and over again, with four independent lighting channels which can support up to 6 accessories each.

Razer Blade 15 Laptop Review

In the market for a new Kaby Lake-R powered laptop? TweakTown says the Razer Blade 15 is a sleek looking machine with more than enough power to mow through all the latest games.

Today we are taking a look at one of Razer's new Razer Blade 15 notebooks with refreshed Intel CPUs and platform features. Most notably we are going from four cores to six cores, we are getting more future proof WIFI and improved cooling. The notebook can be configured with a GTX 1070 or 1060, both with Max-Q design. Let's take a look at what Razer has in store for us.

AMD Takes High-Performance Datacenter Computing to the Next Horizon

AMD today demonstrated its total commitment to datacenter computing innovation at its Next Horizon event in San Francisco by detailing its upcoming 7nm compute and graphics product portfolio designed to extend the capabilities of the modern datacenter. During the event, AMD shared new specifics on its upcoming “Zen 2” processor core architecture, detailed its revolutionary chiplet-based x86 CPU design, launched the 7nm AMD Radeon Instinct™ MI60 graphics accelerator and provided the first public demonstration of its next-generation 7nm EPYC™ server processor codenamed “Rome”. Amazon Web Services (AWS), the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform company, joined AMD at the event to announce the availability of three of its popular instance families on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) powered by the AMD EPYC™ processor.

NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready Driver 416.81 WHQL

NVIDIA has released the GeForce Game Ready Driver 416.81 WHQL drivers today for those of you running GeForce based GPUs. According to the release notes, this driver provides optimal gaming experience Battlefield V. If you have upgraded your GPU and have plans to play Battlefield V, you might want to update your drivers. You can see the release notes here.

WD Board Declares Dividend for Fiscal 2Q 2019

Western Digital Corp. today announced that the board of directors declared a cash dividend for the quarter ending Dec. 28, 2018, of $0.50 per share of common stock. The cash dividend will be paid on Jan. 14, 2019, to the company's stockholders of record as of Dec. 28, 2018. The amount of future dividends under the company's dividend policy, and the declaration and payment thereof, will be based upon all relevant factors, including the company's financial position, results of operations, cash flows, capital requirements and restrictions under the company's financing documents, and shall be in compliance with applicable law. The board retains the power to modify, suspend or cancel the company's dividend policy in any manner and at any time as it may deem necessary or appropriate in the future.

Startup Brings AI-Powered Image Analysis to Heart, Liver and Lungs

Analysis of medical images is a time sink for radiologists, but crucial for diagnosing all sorts of ailments. When screening for lung cancer, radiologists spend up to three minutes analyzing a normal image and as long as 10 minutes analyzing one with an abnormality. Moreover, the varied levels of skill and expertise of radiologists can result in differing conclusions and occasional misreads, leading to unnecessary procedures.

In developing nations like Mozambique, where there are only a few radiologists serving a population approaching 30 million, the challenges are even greater. Into this fray steps Arterys, which in 2017 became the first healthcare company to receive clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for cloud-based clinical solutions that use deep learning.